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 Trees 15–18 m. Indumentum (branchlets, inflorescence axis, flowers) densely appressed sericeous or sericeous-villous (trichomes yellowish). Branchlets terete to compressed, brown (dried), epidermis smooth, becoming flakey or scaly, sericeous-villous. Leaves opposite, evenly distributed along branchlets, strongly discolorous, internodes 1–3 cm long; venation perfect basal acrodromous, secondary and tertiary veins visible above and below; intramarginal vein closely paralleling leaf margin, 0.5–0.7 mm from margin at midpoint of blade. Colleters absent. Petioles 5–9 mm long, slightly sulcate throughout. Leaf blades 3.8–7.0 cm long, (1.1–)1.5–3.0(–3.5) cm wide, elliptic (rarely broadly elliptic), base cuneate, apex narrowly acuminate, tip acute and somewhat falcate; adaxial surface matte, sericeous but becoming glabrescent, midvein slightly sulcate in proximal half but more or less flush distally; abaxial surface densely sericeous between the secondary and tertiary veins, midvein projecting throughout, oil glands (if present) entirely obscured by indumentum. Inflorescence axillary, flowers solitary (=monads) or in 3-flowered cymes (=botryoids), solitary to paired or fascicled in axils, pedicels of monads up to 1–5 mm long, rigid and ascending. Bracteoles 1.5–3.0 mm long, less than 0.5 mm wide at base, linear, mostly erect or ascending, mostly persistent in flower. Hypanthium 2.5–3.3 mm long, ca. 2.5 mm wide at base of calyx lobes, cupulate, densely hairy. Caly x lobes 2.7–3.0 mm long, broadly obtuse, glabrescent adaxially, densely sericeous abaxially. Petals 5.5–7.0 mm long, 3.0–3.5 mm wide, ovate to narrowly ovate, whitish, mostly glabrous adaxially, densely sericeous abaxially, oil glands common. Stamens 65–75, multiseriate; staminal disk short-hairy; filaments 2–3 mm long; anther sacs 0.3–0.5 mm long, globose to subcylindrical, sub-basifixed or basifixed, crowned by a single large apical gland. Style ca. 4.5 mm long, glabrous; stigma narrow to slightly capitate, prominently papillose. Ovary and locule 1, placentas 2, linear, ovules disposed in regular rows.

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